Muscadet is an AOC (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée) for wines produced in the Loire-Atlantique department in the Pays de la Loire region of France. This AOC is exclusive to the production of white wine made from the Melon de Bourgogne grape variety.
The wines are known for their crisp, dry, and refreshing taste, with high acidity and minerality. The wines are typically aged on the lees (dead yeast cells) for several months before being bottled, which gives them a distinct character.
The AOC regulations specify the grape variety, alcohol content, and maximum yield per hectare. Wines bearing the Muscadet AOC label must have been made using grapes grown, fermented, and aged in the region, and must pass a blind taste test before they can be sold. This AOC is one of the largest white wine-producing regions in France and is recognized for producing quality wine at an affordable price.